- In-person absentee voting began on February 6 and continues until February 16.
- Please note that the dropbox outside of Village Hall has been removed due to a court decision regarding absentee ballots. The dropbox will return after the February 20 election.
- Staff prepared agenda packets for Tuesday’s Village Board meetings. These packets can be found on the Village web site.
- Manager and Assistant Manager met with Fox Point-Bayside Superintendent Jeff Dellutri regarding the closure of Stormonth school for repairs and summer student plans.
Department of Public Works
- Water Utility and DPW staff responded to two water main breaks this week – one on Indian Creek Court and the other on Nokomis Court. The one on Nokomis Court is the fourth in about two weeks and the fifth in about five months. As noted in the agenda items for next Tuesday’s Village Board meeting, staff is now recommending that the water main be replaced on Nokomis Court instead of the Lake Drive water main given that the bids for the Lake Drive water main were well over-budget. Please note that staff will have a piece of the Nokomis Court water main pipe at the Board meeting on Tuesday in order to show the condition of the pipe (pitted, thinning walls, etc.).
- Due to the bids for the Lake Drive water main, staff discussed the possibility of including the water main component in the DOT contract for Lake Drive. The initial thought was to not include it in the DOT contract because of regulatory requirements; however, the contractor who bid the work noted his prices were very high due to the traffic control requirements. As a result, Kapur and Village staff participated in a conference call with the DOT on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of including the water main work in the DOT contract. They indicated they were amenable to the request.
- Staff then met with Kapur to confirm the planned approach for Lake Drive:
- The bulk of the water main work will be bid with the DOT Lake Drive resurfacing project. This is expected to occur in 2025 or 2026.
- The replacement of the lead water laterals along Lake Drive will be separately bid due to the fact the DOT would require the Village to obtain PLE’s and/or TLE’s for the work on private property. Conversely, if the Village performs the work, we typically obtain a simple temporary construction easement or right of entry as the work benefits the property owner. This is currently expected to occur later this year but may be shifted to 2025 prior to the start of the DOT work (if it is done in 2025).
- The storm sewer work will be separately bid in March and the plan is to perform that work this spring/summer.
- Staff (DPW and Forester) met with the general manager of the Town Club regarding the Office of Commissioner of Railroads order to remove brush and bushy type material within 33 feet of the centerline of the road. We also provided the general manager with a rough schedule of the work to be done.
DPW Staff have been busy with the following:
- Cleaning up/removing trees along the north side of Beach Drive (the hill) to avoid them falling into the road.
- Ward pruning and tree removals.
- Pothole patching and cleaning up after the water main breaks the last few weeks.
- Performing regular collections (yard waste, recycling and garbage). Staff has evaluated the daily routes for garbage and recycling and have made some adjustments to improve efficiency. We expect to make some additional adjustments in the future.
- Working on mailbox posts.
- Providing assistance to the Clerk and Deputy Clerk related to election related needs.
Water Utility Staff:
- Replaced a water main valve at Dean and Links.
- Put together a schedule for other valve replacements over the next five months.
- Performed meter reading. Staff had to manually read the water meters at the former Cardinal Stritch – possibly due to low or dead batteries. The decision was made to not replace the meters at this time as the building will be razed in the near future.
- Worked with residents on the postcards sent to those whose lateral information was unknown. The postcards were sent to about 600 property owners and we’ve already received responses from about 60 of them (in the first week). If you have received one of the postcards, please respond to the request as the DNR is requiring the Village to identify the water service lateral material for each property in the Village.
In the shop:
- Staff are looking at options for the Toro Workman. Based on conversations with the vendor, the workman may not be available for months.
- Installed the dump plate on packer 15.
- Affixed the Village stickers to the new packer.
- Evaluating packer 13 as the check engine light continues to come on.
- Rebuilt the hinges for the scooter doors (those that failed).
- Performed miscellaneous preventative and equipment maintenance.
- Officers responded to a report of retail theft at Best Buy that resulted in the arrest of one subject. The subject was from out of state and suspected of committing multiple thefts in the metro area. The subject was arrested and turned over to the Town of Brookfield police for offenses in their jurisdiction.
- Officers responded to a welfare check that became a death investigation. The resident had not been heard from for several days and was found deceased inside their home by officers. The matter was investigated by officers in cooperation with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner.
- Staff attended the Wisconsin Police Leadership Foundation annual conference.
- Sergeant Arendt responded to Saint Mary’s Hospital to conduct a Drug Recognition Expert evaluation on a subject. The subject was in custody of Brown Deer Police.
- Officers responded to assist Glendale police with a threat received at a school. Fox Point officers provided assistance on the perimeter.
- Officers responded to a report of a missing person after an adult with dementia was not at home. The officers searched the building and found the person in another room asleep.
- Staff continued compiling data for the annual report.
North Shore Fire Department
- Fire Department Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday February 13.
- Assistant Chief Tyk was a presenter at the Bayside Citizens Academy on Wednesday night. The program provides an overview of municipal services to residents of Bayside.
- Staff is finalizing the Department's Annual Compliance Report required to maintain the Department's accreditation through the Commission on Fire Service Accreditation.
- Fire Station Construction Update:
- Furniture bids were received this past week and are being reviewed for compliance with the specifications.
- Contractors performed a "test roll" on the north parking lot this week to determine ground stability.
- Paint and drywall work continues this week.
- All members of the Department are attending a training on operations at Bayside Communications Center this week.
- Chief Whitaker had an introductory meeting with the new President of Ascension Columbia St Mary's Milwaukee this week. Andre Storey previously served in hospital leadership roles in Texas and Louisiana. Mr. Storey detailed his vision for the hospital and the relationships within the community he hopes to establish.
- Department Staff spent time preparing for the annual financial audit this week and finalizing an annual update to the North Shore Community Emergency Management Plan on behalf of the seven communities.